Nichols tops Olean
Nichols made a little run in the third quarter and outscored Olean by four points in the fourth to win the IAABO Basketball Tournament, 66-57. The loss was the first for Olean (7-1), the News’ No. 1 Small School.
Cameron Lewis (17) and Chris Miller (14) led Nichols (8-1). Nichols led by as many as 12 in the second half. It was Olean’s second game without 6-foot-7 center Sam Ecktrom, who injured his right shoulder against Canisius.
Elsewhere, tournament MVP Alex Price was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and overtime as Kenmore West edged rival Kenmore East, 51-46, to win the Ken-Ton Tournament.
Despite East’s best effort to stop him, 6-foot-6 Quinton Campbell of West had 11 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. The OT turned into a free-throw shooting contest with West outscoring East, 8-3. Mike Crawford of East led all scorers with 20 points.
Cleveland Hill jumped out to a 22-7 lead after the first quarter and held on to beat Maryvale 67-59 in the final of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. Jordan Parker was named MVP for the Eagles after he finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Aaron Phillips connected for 24 points, including six three-pointers, with six blocks for Cleveland Hill (6-1).
Will East wins tourney
John Bielinski scored twice and Jason Cohen had a goal and two assists as Williamsville East beat New Hartford (Utica), 5-1, at the Northtown Center to win the eight-team Williamsville East/Orchard Park Tourney.
The Flames, Lancaster and Niagara-Wheatfield had two wins each, but East won based on a goals-for goals-against points formula. They gave up one less goal than Niagara-Wheatfield.
East beat Pelham from Westchester, 4-0, in its other game behind 24 saves from goalie Adam Dentico. The event started last year with four teams.
Elsewhere, Nichols (10-5) won two games in the in the 27th Nichols New Year’s Tournament. The Big Green rallied from a 3-1 deficit after one period to beat St. Francis’ prep team, 8-3.
In its first game, Nichols scored all three goals in the final 2:45 to rally for a 3-2 win over Hebron (Maine). The eight-team, three-day event ends today at the Dann Memorial Rink, starting with St. Francis playing Hebron at 1 p.m. and Nichols taking on Kimball Union at 3 p.m.
Lockport beats Angels
Sophomore forward Alyssa Wagner had a career high 22 points and 11 rebounds as Lockport downed Holy Angels 59-40 in a nonleague game between the No. 2 and No. 3 large schools in the Buffalo News’ girls hoops poll. Sara Franco added 17 points and Alexis Cheatham had 16, with four three-pointers.
“Alyssa is probably 5-9, but she’s very deceptive on what she can do inside, and how strong she is,” said Lockport coach Bill Shaw. “Our high-low with Franco and Wagner was pretty strong tonight.”
Holy Angels scored the last six points of the third quarter to keep it close, but Lockport had too many weapons. The Angels were led by Jontay Walton (18 points) and Awilda Murphy (15).
Freshman Jordan Heinhold made two free throws with .06 seconds left as Immaculata beat Williamsville East, 47-45, to win the Frontier Tournament. Heinhold then stole the ball at halfcourt on the inbound pass to end it. There were 22 lead changes, including four in the last minute. Heinhold finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Sabrina Lipowski of East led all scorers with 20 points.
Randolph won the battle between Section VI reigning champions knocking off Olean 64-58 in the IAABO Holiday Classic. Mckenna Maycock scored 27 points and had 11 assists for the Cardinals. Randolph was Class C state finalists a year ago while Olean was last year’s sectional champ in Class B. Maggie Moore led Olean with 14 points.
Clarence ended Hamburg’s five-game winning streak to start the season with a 39-38 victory in the finals of the Orchard Park Tournament.
Allie Benkovich hit a three-pointer with just under 2 minutes left to put Clarence ahead for good. Hamburg had the ball with 9 seconds left down by one when Clarence freshman Syndey Cerza stole the ball and ran out the clock. Clarence trailed by six points at halftime. Their defense managed to hold Hamburg to 12 points in the second half while focusing on keeping Taylor Wolf off the boards.
The Red Devils’ Lauren Moore was named MVP after connecting for 14 points versus Hamburg and 16 against East Aurora in the first round.
“It was a real confidence boost for us,” said Clarence coach Erin Booker. “We lost to them by nine points the first time we played them [Dec. 9]. We knew how well they had been playing.”
In a battle of teams coached by brothers, it was Frewsburg, led by Jeff Collver, over Panama’s Rob Collver, 74-44, in the championship of the Frewsburg Tournament. MVP Shawna Raymond had 18 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for Frewsburg (6-1). It was the sixth year in a row Frewsburg has won its own tournament. Reyanne Strong led the Bears with 19 points while Annie Berg added 14 points.
Warriors, Chiefs win
The Cheektowaga boys and Iroquois girls won team titles at the Western New York Indoor Track Relays held in Fredonia.
The Warriors won five events. James Hanner was on the winning shot put and pole vault relays. Jack Behlmaier and Tim Whelan were on the victorious sprint and distance medleys. Jayshawn MacAdory and Naeem Shah doubled as members of the sprint medley and 4x200. Noah McGee ran leadoff and anchor on two winning relays.
The Iroquois girls won titles in the hurdles, thanks to Lauren Jenney and Madison Roberts and long jump relay with Katherine Ackerman and Sydney Slachetka.